LMFM broadcaster Michael Reade awarded over coverage of of child sexual abuse scandals

  • 13 May 2024

The NUJ member was presented with the “Recognition of Excellence” award on behalf of CVSA an international network of people who have experienced child sex abuse.

The important role of local radio in giving a voice to victims of child sex abuse was highlighted at a ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House when Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste presented veteran LMFM broadcaster Michael Reade with a special award.

The nomination recognised Michael’s outstanding coverage of the successful campaign to have Edmund Garvey, Christian Brother Congregation leader removed from the roll of honour as a Freedman of Drogheda because of his role in developing a legal strategy which placed severe impediments in the way of victims of abuse seeking legal redress against the order.

The Lord Mayor also presented civic certificates of appreciation to Michael and to LMFM.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, thanked the network and the Lord Mayor for their recognition. He said speaking up for vulnerable people and giving them a voice on air required courage, often in the face of adversity. He said:

“Michael Reade has never been afraid to question the consensus and believed the airwaves should be open to everyone with a story to tell. Giving a voice to the voiceless is a core function of radio at national and local level. The role can be especially challenging when faced with opposition from powerful figures in the local establishment.”

Pictured: Lord Mayor Daithí de Róiste, Michael Reade, Séamus Dooley, Councillor Damian O’Farrell. Picture Tony Murray.

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